Soul-Calendar, Mantra 41
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
Dr. Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 52
meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events
occurring within us as well as in Nature during the year, starting with the
first mantra every year on Easter Sunday.
These mantras for each week are well known to many students of Steiner,
but the original "Calendar " also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be
meditated with each month (to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the
cosmos), plus a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each
night (for sensing the 'lunar' forces), and a list of dates of births and
deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
constellation CAPRICORN from January 5th through February 8th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the WATER-GOAT from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
attached to this e-mail.
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
uses symbolic images like the Zodiac image ("Imaginations") to awaken
spiritual sight, and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing.
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but
rather reciting it and entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner
Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have their
rhythms in that, so learning an English version is just a step to using the
original; I've kept close to it in translating, so anyone can easily go from
English to German.
* M A N T R A # 4 1 *
Der Seele Schaffensmacht,
Sie strebet aus dem Herzensgrunde,
Im Menschenleben Gotterkr�ft
Zu rechtem Wirken zu entflammen,
Sich selber zu gestalten
Im Menschenliebe und im Menschenwerke.
The Soul's Shaping-Might
It strives from out of Heart's Ground,
In Man's Life Godly Stength
To righteous Work to enflame,
So itself to form
In Man's Love and in Man's Work.
A partial interpretation:
Last week's mantra, when worked with, led us to feel how our selfhood,
which would otherwise remain illusionary, was made real by the fiery power
of the World-Word, through Love.
This week, this power working in the foundation of the soul strives
outward, so that these fiery divine forces can pour themselves into what we
create, both in our love and in our work.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures and events connected with the days.
Sunday, January 21st. Moon Pisces. Eusebius.
Monday, January 22nd. Moon Pisces. Francis Bacon von Verulam born 1561.
Lessing born 1729. Byron born 1788. Ampere born 1775.
Tuesday, January 23rd. Moon Aries. Wedding Anniversary of Mary & Joseph.
Wednesday, January 24th. Moon Aries. Day of St. Timothy (Student of Paul,
stoned to death in Ephesus because of his preaching against the worship of
Thursday, January 25th. Moon Taurus. First Quarter. Anniversary of Paul�s
Conversion on the Way to Damascus. Philosopher Jacobi born 1743.
Friday, January 26th. Moon Taurus. Polycarp (Pupil of the Evangelist John,
taken to Smyrna in old age and burned to death in the year 169).
Saturday, January 27th. Moon Gemini. John Chrysostom (Bishop to
Constantinople, operated under Emperor Eudoxia, sharply censured him
morally, burned 407). Mozart born 1756. Schelling born 1775.
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